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Look to the Sky: America’s Concentration Camps (Part 2)

By March 19, 2022November 15th, 2023Programs

When: Sunday, April 10, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: John Tonai

Program: Virtual Program: “Look to the Sky: America’s Concentration Camps” is a documentary photography project by John Tonai depicting the contemporary physical conditions of the 10 WWII War Relocation Authority camps. The initial project took place from 1990-1992. Since that time, Tonai has revisited most of the sites and recorded the changes that have taken place.

On February 13 in Part 1, John Tonai showed photos from his documentary photographic exhibit “Look to the Sky” of camps Amachi, Gila, Heart Mountain, Jerome, and Manzanar. Tonai’s commentary of each black-and-white photo shown was interesting, informative and enlightening. One looked at the photos with new eyes.

In Part 2, Tonai will show photos of camps Minidoka, Poston, Rohwer, Topaz and Tule Lake.

John Tonai recently retired as an Associate Professor of Photography at University of Northern Colorado. He currently works at the Japanese American National Museum as a Production Coordinator and Collections Photographer.

Info: For a Zoom link to the program, email Layne Sakamoto at

Chapter business meeting follows the program.

Image: John Tonai